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10:39:24 AM Jul 16th 2015
The following excerpt from William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" might be classified under the literature section of the "What's a Henway" trope:

Hamlet, Act II, Scene 2:

Polonius: What do you read, my lord?

Hamlet: Words, words, words.

Polonius: What is the matter, my lord?

Hamlet: Between who?

Polonius: I mean the matter that you read, my lord.

Hamlet: Slanders, sir: for the satirical rogue says here that old men have grey beards; that their faces are wrinkled; their eyes purging amber and plum-tree gum; and that they have a plentiful lack of wit, together with most weak hams. All which sir, though I most powerfully and potently believe, yet I hold it not honesty to have it thus set down; for you yourself, sir, should be old as I am if, like a crab, you could go backward.

Polonius [aside]: Though this be madness, yet there is method in't. - [to Hamlet] Will you walk out of the air, my lord?

Hamlet: Into my grave?

Polonius: Indeed, that is out o' the air. [aside] How pregnant sometimes his replies are! and a happiness that often madness hits on, which reason and sanity could not so prosperously be delivered of. I will leave him and suddenly contrive the means of meeting between him and my daughter.[to Hamlet] - My honorable lord, I will most humbly take my leave of you.

Hamlet: You cannot, sir, take from me anything that I will more willingly part withal - except my life, except my life, except my life.

04:59:55 PM May 9th 2014
This is the same trope as Duck!.
12:57:24 AM May 10th 2014
Seems fairly similar, indeed. I'll bring it up.
02:17:55 PM Dec 23rd 2012
This trope is not just for any dialogue leading to a pun. None of these examples really fit the format, and many of the other examples probably don't:

  • From the The Marx Brothers' movie Animal Crackers.
    Groucho: Well, whaddya say, girls? Are we [three] all gonna get married?
    Mrs. Whitehead: All of us?
    Groucho: All of us!
    Whitehead: But that's bigamy!
    Groucho: Yes, and it's big o' me, too. It's big of all of us, let's be big for a change.
    • From the same film: when the millionare tells Groucho that he's going to Uruguay Groucho responds, "Well, you go Uruguay and I'll go mine."
    • Chico would often stumble into these entirely by accident, leading to his asserting that "There ain't no Sanity Clause" and requesting "a nice cold glass eliminate". (That's-a some joke, eh, boss?)
    • In Cocoanuts, going over a map, Groucho indicates a land tract is near a viaduct. Chico responds, "I don't know, why a duck?" Why A Duck? is a popular Marx scene, and the phrase was used as the title of the Marx Brothers' film concordance.
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